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Bihar Votes for Development

BY ASHOK THAKUR
Bihar once had been maligned, a state moving backward, even as India pushed forward. But that had now changed, he declared to loud cheers. Bihar, too, was moving ahead. “Nitish Kumar!” the farmers shouted to the bespectacled, pot-bellied Chief Minister of the state. “Man of Development! Man of Development!”

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Sunrise in Goa

The Regional Plan 2021 partially unveiled by the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat is more than a ray of hope. It is a genuine effort to save Goa from plunging into the abyss of destruction.

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Lure of Money

The arrest of eight top officials in the banking sector is a signal that corruption is gradually permeating every sector of the nation.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Nitish Magic in Bihar
Like many other people, I too anticipated Mr Nitish Kumar’s victory for a second time in Bihar. The Janata Dal (United)-Bharatiya Janata Party victory in Bihar reminded me of the 1977 Janata Dal victory over the then Indira Gandhi-led Congress after the Emergency.

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Security Council Seat A Mirage

BY PRAFUL BIDWAI

PRESIDENT Barack Obama visited India at a time when US hegemony is in decline and India is in the ascendant. The visit offered India an opportunity to tell him what kind of world order it would like to see.

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Victory over Caste

With the Janata Dal (U)-Bharatiya Janata Party combine poised to get nearly three-fourth’s majority in the Bihar Assembly, Mr Nitish Kumar is all set to become chief minister for a second term, an honour he so rightly deserves.

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Softening the Blow

The offer of the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat to compensate, those affected by widening of the two national highways, at market rates is the best any government can make. To spurn it would be foolish.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

National Highway Widening

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THIS is with reference to the letter, ‘National Highway Toll Relaxation’ by Ms Diana Pinto (NT, November 17). To think that NH17 and NH 4A would only serve the rest of the country is not a correct analysis.

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PM’s Clean Image under Threat

BY KULDIP NAYAR

EVERY time a scam tumbles out of the government’s almirah, there is a familiar exercise that follows. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), an official agency, is asked to hold an enquiry.

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Dream and Reality

UNLIKE previous chief guests of earlier editions of the International Film Festival of India who would speak of nice and good things and scrupulously avoid making any provocative statements, Mr Yash Chopra took the fight to the central and state governments, criticising the former for imposing a crushing burden of taxes on the film industry and the latter for not doing anything to upgrade infrastructure.

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